The Secret World (PC)
It's easy to want to fall in love with The Secret World -- from afar, it seems so perfect. Here, at last, is a game that has the guts to throw out the "givens" of MMORPG design, like levels, classes, and traditional talent trees. The very premise is attractive as well: "Everything is true" here, which means disturbing Cthulhu-type creatures are running around the New England countryside, and there really is a shadowy organization called the Illuminati pulling the strings in elections. "Investigation" missions force me to use my brain and drag up historical trivia from grad school that I thought I'd never use again. The real-world setting also works, and it bulges with well-written cinematic quests that add some humanity and humor to the apocalyptic surroundings. Early on a police officer compares the sight of villagers being dragged into the harbor by monstrosities to the time his father drowned his kittens, and his creepy monologue trumps most of the tripe I saw in the X-Files back in the '90s. But maybe it's just a crush...
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